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Community Law Project Attorney wins Top Navy Award for Volunteer Service

Jessica Langley

Jessica Langley-DeGroot, senior associate counsel for acquisition at Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest (NAVFAC SW) has won the C. John Turnquist Award for Volunteer Service. The award recognizes outstanding community service by a member of the Office of the General Counsel.

Langley-DeGroot won the award for her volunteer work with California Western School of Law’s Community Law Project (CLP). Community Law Project provides pro-bono legal advice to low-income and indigent members of the local San Diego community. Langley-DeGroot has worked outside her extensive NAVFAC  SW hours as a part-time supervising attorney at CLP, volunteering between five and 25 hours each month.

Recognizing Langley-DeGroot’s commitment to her volunteer work, Dana Sisitsky, executive director of Community Law Project said, “Over the last six years, Jessica has played an integral role in the Community Law Project. Her dedication to CLP clients and students alike has been tremendous. Not only has she provided our students with hands-on supervision and mentoring, she has modeled for them the enormous impact that an attorney with a full-time position can have through a commitment to volunteering. I am proud to call Jessica a member of our team and am overjoyed that she has received this top recognition from the United States Navy.”

In her nomination for the award, Langley-DeGroot’s longstanding commitment to the provision of legal services with CLP was described as having “made a demonstrable impact on the lives of hundreds of low-income individuals in the San Diego community.”

“I am tremendously honored to receive the C. John Turnquist award, named after an attorney who dedicated much of his time to pro bono and volunteer service while balancing an impressive U.S. Navy Office of General Counsel (OGC) career,” said Langley-DeGroot. “As a Navy OGC attorney myself, I am grateful that the Navy provides such encouragement and recognition to attorneys who pursue community service opportunities outside of their civil service work.”

Praising the CLP team as a “small-but-mighty staff” Langley-DeGroot continued, “I owe this achievement to all of the CLP team members and clients who make my work so rewarding.”